This is certainly a very heart touching move by the fellow team mates of late Phillips Hughes. As a befitting tribute to late Phillip Hughes, the Australian cricket team has now decided to wear number 408, the Test debut number of the late batsman, under its national emblem during the first Test against India starting December 9, 2014.
Philips Hughes, who passed away after being hit by a Sean Abbott bouncer in a domestic game, has emerged as an international cricket hero and Michael Clarke and his team mates will seek to honour his memory. Earlier, the cricket Australia had decided to incorporate necessary changes in the score board which will now display the score of 63 not out against Phillips Hughes forever. Even that particular pitch where this mishap took place, has been abandoned. There have been overwhelming sympathy waves all around the world. Displaying a unique solidarity the people across the globe paid respect for the departed soul.
Normally, all the players have their own individual Test playing numbers embroidered on their shirts but on coming Tuesday, every Australian will wear Hughes’ Test cap number. What a move to pay respect to a fellow cricketer!
Many different initiatives to honour Hughes’ life and achievements are being planned for the opener against India, which will prove to be a highly emotional event given that this is the first outing for the Australian Test side since his tragic and untimely demise.
In fact, Hughes’ demise shook the whole world and there were many apprehensions that the bouncers need to be controlled to prevent such incidents in future.
After a state funeral in Hughes hometown Macksville, the Michael Clarke-led team resumed practice at the Adelaide Oval and coach Darren Lehmann is hoping to see a positive response from the boys in coping up with the tragedy.
“Stick together,” Lehmann has been quoted to have said to Fox Sports.
He expressed, “We lost a family member from our cricket community and now it’s a case of rallying around his family and the whole CA cricket family and get on with what we do and that’s play some cricket. Hughes would want us to do that as well. We’ve spoken about it plenty over the past few days”.